COVID-19 exposure forces emergency meeting in Londonderry

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LONDONDERRY — The Londonderry Select Board held an emergency meeting at 7 p.m. Sunday to discuss a possible COVID-19 exposure at the Londonderry Town Office.

No details about the potential exposure were discussed in an email sent by Londonderry's Town Administrator Shane O'Keefe about 9:30 p.m. following the meeting.

Londonderry Emergency Management Director Kevin Beattie posted that there had been positive COVID-19 tests in Londonderry over the past 24-48 hours with no other details.

"Strengthen all precautions, minimize social interactions to every extent possible, wear a mask when in public," Beattie wrote. "If you think you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive, self-quarantine and get tested."

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Rep. Kelly Pajala, who is also Londonderry's town clerk, also posted about it on her legislative Facebook page.

"With the confirmation of positive COVID-19 cases in Londonderry comes a reminder that everyone in the community needs to be vigilant about keeping themselves and others safe," Pajala wrote. "We are trying to contain a highly contagious virus. Wear a mask, wash your hands, stay away from crowded places, send one person in your household to run errands, keep physical distance and stay outdoors when visiting people. Keep track of everyone you come in contact with."

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Pajala also implored people to be kind and respectful.

"Just as importantly, please remember to be kind and respectful to one another. There is no blame to be placed on anyone for having come in contact with the virus. It is everywhere. Which is why we all have a responsibility to look out for one another and collectively follow health and safety guidelines."

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O'Keefe's email following the meeting apologized for not announcing the meeting in advance as required by Vermont's Open Meeting Law.

"Public notice of the meeting did not take place before the meeting," said Shane P. O'Keefe, Londonderry's town administrator. "On behalf of the Board I wish to apologize for this oversight, which will be formally acknowledged at a special meeting."

The town's next regularly scheduled meeting will address the potential exposure at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

O'Keefe said minutes for Sunday's meeting will be prepared soon and a video recording of the Zoom meeting will be posted to GNAT-TV as soon as possible.


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